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10th for Diploma courses, 10+2 for bachelors courses. Course durationis 2 to 4 years of diploma course, 3 years for Bachelors and 2 years for Masters. N.A. N.A. Troupe dancers to individual performers, professional trainers & choreographer. Varies depending on the form of dance selected
 

Dance in India derives its themes from mythology, legends and classical literature. It is said to have originated from 'Natya Shastra', which is a detailed script, written on all aspects of Indian dance. Classical Dance forms are based on ancient dance discipline and have rigid rue of presentation.

There are many well known classical dances and also folk dances. These dances forms are typical to certain parts of the country and have taken one the hue and texture of that region. This vast sub-continent has given birth to varied forms of dancing, each shaped by the influences of a particular period and environment. Indian dance is an extremely intricate art requiring skill, hard work and discipline. All Indian dances portray some expression of life and almost every dance posture has a specific meaning. Dance themes are derived from mythology, folklore, legends and classical literature.

Chief among them and the most popular classical forms are Bharatnatyam of Tamil Nadu, Kuchupudi of Andhra Pradesh, Odissi of Orissa, Kathakak of Kerela, Kathak of Jailpur and Lucknow and Manipuri of Manipuri. Training in Dance should start as early as age six or less, much before the official professional training. Besides an in born talent, the basic requirement for a full time Professional training is matriculation or 10+2. Some institutes at the time of admission even give preference to students having a talent. Careers in this field can be that of a performer, teacher and choreographer.

 
Eligibility & Course Areas

To be in this field one needs to have an inborn talent, training and guidance can only sharpen these talents.

Educational

Courses offered in this area are certificate courses, bachelor courses, diploma courses and post graduate level courses. In the university system formal higher education set up, entry level is normally after class 10 (for diploma courses) or class 12 depending upon individual universities. Most university offer the 3 year / or 4-5 years of Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) or Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA) in Dance after plus two or equivalent. However, for post graduate level courses graduation in the subject is compulsory. Duration of various courses: Certificate course is of one year, Bachelor courses is of three years, Diploma and Post Graduate level courses is of two years.

Training in this field is available at a number of schools and institutes all over India. The Kathak Kendra in Delhi, the Kalakshetra in Chennai, Bharatiya Kala Kendra in Delhi are some of the prominent institutes conducting courses in Dance.

Course areas include history and evolution of dance and dance forms, the characteristic features of the dance form one specialises in, covering all aspects of dance as a performing art.

Personal attributes

Main attributes are talent, versatility, sense of rhythm, dedication, grace, an expressive facial and body language, an ability to interpret roles, attractive appearance, stage presence, creativity, physical stamina etc.

Job prospects

They can find employment in

  • Kala Kendras
  • Academies
  • TV channels
  • Dance troupes
  • There are also many opportunities for self-employment in the form of holding private classes or starting an institution.
Career options

Career options available in these areas are that of a performer, teacher and choreographer.

Teaching

To be in this field one needs an aptitude to teach, initiative and patience. They must also have thorough knowledge of practical and theoretical aspects of dance. They should have a perfect sense of rhythm, and some proficiency in music.

Dancers who take up teaching as a profession can find opportunities in schools, colleges, universities, dance institutes and even open schools of their own.

Choreography

The choreographer designs and composes dance sequences and co-ordinates the stage settings, music, costumes and supervises rehearsals. Choreographer must have creative or imaginative powers and an ability to interpret music and compose dance routines for solo as well as group performances. They must be able to work along with a team. Prospects in this field are expanding with more and more stage and TV shows.

Choreographers can find employment in troupes performing stage shows, TV shows and in films.

Performing

To be a performing artist one must have attractive appearance, facial expression, an ability to interpret roles and stage presence. Performers have to spare time everyday for practicing. They must also have to keep in touch with the interest of the general public. They must travel a lot and give performances to be popular. Besides professional training; dedication, talent and the right contacts can only help a performer to become well established.

Performing artists can form their own troupes or even work with other troupes. They also have the option of starting schools and devote time for teaching.

ve attractive appearance, facial expression, an ability to interpret roles and stage presence. Performers have to spare time everyday for practicing. They must also have to keep in touch with the interest of the general public. They must travel a lot and give performances to be popular. Besides professional training; dedication, talent and the right contacts can only help a performer to become well established.

Performing artists can form their own troupes or even work with other troupes. They also have the option of starting schools and devote time for teaching.

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